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Assistant Director, Community Engaged Health

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Work type: Administrative & Professional
Senior management: Agriculture & Life Sciences
Department: CALS Extension
Location: Blacksburg, Virginia
Categories: Agriculture / Life Science

Job Description

The Assistant Director, Community Engaged Health will report to the VCE Director and collaborate with the Associate Director: Youth, Families, and Health and the Virginia Tech Center for Public Health Practice and Research Director to build the capacity for and implement a comprehensive community health Extension program. The Assistant Director will develop statewide strategic partnerships enabling VCE to expand evidence-based community health programming critical to the well-being of Virginians. Using a multidisciplinary systems approach, the Assistant Director will identify opportunities, develop teams, and support faculty in securing resources to appropriately support VCE health related programming.

The Assistant Director, Community Engaged Health will:

-Work collaboratively with the Associate Director: Youth, Families, and Health, the Director for the Virginia Tech Center for Public Health Practice and Research, Extension Specialists conducting health related programming, VCE Program Teams, and other faculty to identify and understand programmatic needs to develop a comprehensive VCE community health programming plan.

-Collaborate to build a diverse portfolio to support the applied research and VCE programming addressing the critical health related needs of Virginians. Specifically in collaboration with VCE faculty, the Assistant Director will assemble and lead teams in the development and submission of grant proposals. The Assistant Director will serve as PI, Co-PI or other roles as appropriate.

-The Assistant Director will support translational research and Extension projects through activities such as project management, data collection, data management, and analysis, managing IRB process, communicating project outcomes, and contributions to scientific publications, presentations, and reports in collaboration with healthcare partners.

-The Assistant Director will work with Extension specialists and researchers to support, implement, and evaluate community health research and capacity building initiatives.

-Work collaboratively with Extension faculty and leadership to develop a framework for identifying and prioritizing community health issues in concert with community leadership.

-Work collaboratively with state and federal agencies, other higher-ed institutions, the Virginia iTHRIV, industry, and other entities to expand program reach and impact.

-Collaborate with Specialists to provide professional development opportunities for Unit Extension faculty, staff, volunteers, coalitions, and other stakeholders related to community health initiatives.

-Under the direction of VCE leadership, serve as VCE liaison with key related stakeholder groups.

-Attend health related conferences to build and maintain relationships and to collaborate on proposal development

-Develop relationships with and/or build Extension project teams related to community health leveraging existing expertise in FCS, ANR, 4-H, and community development to engage diverse audiences in community health programming.

Required Qualifications

-Doctorate in Public Health, Community Health, Health Promotion, Extension education, science communication, or related field.

-Proven experience in Health programming implementation in Extension, successful grant writing, collaborative project development, and project management

-Proven skills in science communication and a strong record of scholarship

-Strong record in building and leading diverse teams resulting in measurable impacts

-Proven record in developing relationships across primary health entities such as health agencies, health related industry members, coalitions, etc.

-Ability to work with a wide variety of people including academic colleagues, healthcare professionals, Extension Agents, elected officials, city/county government leaders, graduate and undergraduate students, volunteers, and the public.

-State-level experience in leading Extension programming/projects

Preferred Qualifications

-History of working successfully in a fast-paced, innovative organization

-Strong interpersonal and communication skills

-Strong organizational skills

Appointment Type


Salary Information

$85,000 - $110,000

Review Date

February 16, 2023

Additional Information

The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.

Must have a driver's license check.

Must have an acceptable and safe driving record.

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

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